Minister apologises for delivery woes

2012-04-04 14:45

Pietermaritzburg - Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Deputy Minister Yunus Carrim has apologised to Pietermaritzburg residents for the government’s failure to roll out services.

"We are sorry we have not done better in terms of service delivery in this area," Carrim told a ratepayers’ meeting in the suburb of Mountain Rise, called by local Msunduzi councillor Thandi Matiwane on Tuesday.

His comments came as residents continued to complain about power outages, water cuts and uncollected refuse.

Last week, the Independent Development Trust presented a report to the Msunduzi executive committee which indicated that the municipality’s electricity infrastructure needed urgent revamping.

‘In this together’

The report warned that failure to fix the ageing infrastructure would lead to continuing power outages.

"We understand that you get angry and frustrated over outages and other problems. We can only apologise for the problems that you continue to experience, but we are in this together," Carrim said.

The public meeting descended briefly into chaos as an argument ensued between Carrim and former Msunduzi councillor Osman Ganie.

Ganie complained that problems in Msunduzi were a result of "idiots" running the municipality.
Carrim accused the former councillor of being bitter as he was no longer in the position.

Mountain Rise includes a wealthy suburb and an industrial area which contribute over R1m in rates a month.

The deputy minister urged residents to participate in governance issues and to insist on public meetings as a way of holding leaders accountable.

  • Erno - 2012-04-04 14:53

    And how, Minister Carrim, are YOU in this together? Are you battling power outages at your house? Are the refuse piling up in YOUR yard? Come on!

      Piet - 2012-04-04 21:22

      And who did you fire in the municipality?

  • Warren - 2012-04-04 15:00

    But will they vote differently, or are they happy to complain rather than have another party in charge?

      Jymiro - 2012-04-04 15:48

      @Warren - which party???

      Kala - 2012-04-04 15:52

      Its all about pre election apologies which preceed pre election promises. In short... All bullschitt

      Brian - 2012-04-04 16:58

      @Jymiro: if you voted based on performance and policy, you'd vote DA, even if you're an ANC supporter. Why? Because the DA outperforms the ANC wherever they govern, and the ANC themselves have found this so in their own reports. Furthermore, the two parties don't have radically different policies, except that the DA is a bit more liberal and open minded than the ANC. Lastly, the DA has a shadow cabinet in place, and is by far the biggest opposition party with the best chance to challenge the ANC. Unfortunately, the majority of people in South Africa vote based on emotion, not facts or reason. Therefore you will tell me that the DA is a white party and that it will bring back apartheid and nonsense like that, that doesn't even make any sense, because that's all you have. There will also be conservative whites who accuse the DA of being too liberal, and who have some unspecified issue with their policies. Usually they point to the policies being similar to those of the ANC without really mentioning anything in particular wrong with them. The human story I guess.

  • sachasea - 2012-04-04 15:16

    Why don't you ensure that something gets done about the lack of service delivery rather than wasting everyone's time making excuses and apologising?!!!

      Kala - 2012-04-04 15:53

      This way is cheaper. They get to save money on service delivery and spend it on their own personal development.

  • sanet.oelofse - 2012-04-04 15:19

    Yes and they will continue taking your money, and if you default in payment, they will cut off your service and hand your account over for collection.

      Scouter - 2012-04-04 18:52

      Doesn't sound as if cutting off services would have much of an impact - not much to cut off by all account. Doubtless they would expect you to pay though for the service that should be there, but isn't. It's the ANC way - something for nothing.

  • michael.e.bowery - 2012-04-04 16:17

    Follow where the money for rates and other taxes went.........??????

      Kala - 2012-04-04 16:44

      They can't. Its a big deep black hole.

  • Sean - 2012-04-05 09:30

    When I see these stories of unhappiness with service delivery I always wonder what the level of payment is in these areas.

  • jack.kukard - 2012-04-05 11:01

    Hey but there is money for parties and R 6 million funerals , dumb asses...

  • Jacqui - 2012-04-05 14:07

    We are sorry. Now that is a joke.Blimey.

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